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Coast Forest Member Companies Continue to Play an Important Role in Rebuilding Japanese Communities Affected by the 2011 Tsunami

Oranda Jima House and Jericho Support Centre for the Disabled


The opening of the Oranda Jima House in Yamada Machi, Iwate, the third project in the Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project.

Coast Forest Products Association members are continuing to play an important role in the Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project, a collaborative effort between the Canada Wood Group representing the Canadian forest sector, the Government of Canada through the Expanding Market Opportunities Program of Natural Resources Canada and the Province of British Columbia through the Forestry Innovation Investment.

The Oranda Jima House, a Japanese community centre built to help families devastated by the 2011 tsunami is the third and most recently completed project.  Located in Yamada Machi, Iwate, Japan, it is a 194-square metre wooden building comprised of a wooden deck and playground, interior courtyard, and rooms for counseling, music, play, cooking and quiet time.  Coast Forest members’ Interfor, Teal-Jones Group, TimberWest and Western Forest Products Inc. were among those responsible for donating all of the facility’s structural lumber and panel products, as well as the finishing materials. Contributions included; Canada Tsuga posts, sill plates and Mabashira studs, Douglas fir beams, SPF roof rafters, OSB structural panels and Western Red Cedar decking, siding and panel products.


Artist Rendering of the Jericho Support Centre for the Disabled.

The opening of the Oranda Jima House was followed by a special groundbreaking ceremony for the Jericho Support Centre for the Disabled, the fourth and final project of the Canada Tohoku Reconstruction Project. This marked the beginning of construction of the single storey facility that will enhance learning, independent living and motor skills, as well as rehabilitation for mentally and physically disabled people displaced by the tsunami. The facility will be a hybrid post and beam and platform frame design which includes a wide variety of Canadian forest products.


To read about the latest development in the Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project, visit: http://www.coastforest.org/canada-wood-completes-community-centre-in-tsunami-hit-japan-breaks-ground-on-next-project/  

View a video of the Oranda Jima House project, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZx8-57Dcos&feature=youtu.be

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